Archive for November, 2011

Your Home May Be Your Castle, but…
By November 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Your Home May Be Your Castle, but…

Like many readers, I encountered Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery” in high school and loved it. Sadly, like most of those other students, and I’m betting many of you, I didn’t follow up and never read anything else by Jackson. She’s one of those authors I always knew I’d like, but somehow she never made […]

Posted in: Book Groups
Top Ten First Lines

Top Ten First Lines

Cindy and Lynn: Author Paul Zindel once set off noise makers that sounded like firecrackers in our library during a presentation to our students. He told them that stories should start with a “Bang!” The added sound effect got the point across to our middle schoolers. We’ve always been on the lookout for good opening lines […]

Finding Nouf
By November 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Finding Nouf

After starting out our genre study with Murder in Mesopotamia (see my posting from November 18th), the group spent the back half of the discussion talking about the novel Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris.  What is the magic that occurs when a book so invigorates a discussion group that the moderator can actually sit out […]

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What Happens When You Invite a Booklist Editor to Your Book Launch
By November 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

What Happens When You Invite a Booklist Editor to Your Book Launch

Being celebrated by the literati as the most venerable of critics, we editors are inevitably invited to stand before the assembled gala crowd, looking smashing in our tuxes and holding our martinis, to give our opinion of the about-to-be-published book. Sometimes this goes well. Other times it goes really, really, really badly. To give you […]

Posted in: Books and Movies
Holiday Audio Bargain
By November 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Holiday Audio Bargain

20 kid’s audiobooks for 99 cents – Tales2Go Happy Holidays app from iTunes has over 30 hours of winter-themed listening goodness, from traditional tales such as The Brave Tin Soldier and The Story of Hanukkah to favorite characters Clifford and Clementine available here for Apple iOS gadets. This stand-alone audio app is a great way […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Cindy: I was excited and a little nervous when I heard there was to be a new Shel Silverstein collection. Post-humous publications often disappoint, but this one is successful. Every Thing On It (Harper 2011) has over 130 poems with his trademark line drawings, selected by his family from his archives and published her for […]

Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons
By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons

Best line of the episode? “And the audiobook is only available abridged. ABRIDGED!” followed by maniacal laughter from the evil CEO of TweenLit Inc, played by Andy Garcia. I’m glad that Gaiman – a huge proponent of audiobooks -was able to include an audio reference in the show “The Book Job,” which focused on Lisa Simpson’s disillusionment over the fact that […]

Nancy Pearl Interviews Jeffrey Eugenides
By November 20, 2011 4 Comments Read More →

Nancy Pearl Interviews Jeffrey Eugenides

Did you know that Nancy Pearl has a show on the Seattle Channel called “Book Lust” where she has been interviewing a variety of authors for years? Well, now you know and your life will be better for it. And these interviews are all spectacularly noteworthy. I can’t think of very many other places, other […]

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Mo Willems Strikes Again

Mo Willems Strikes Again

Lynn: Mo Willems is a national treasure.  He is a gladsome spark of brilliance for parents and grandparents of preschoolers/ beginning readers everywhere – providing that miracle of miracles:  books that can be read/listened to a zillion times without driving the grown-up screaming from the room.  Mr. Willems – thank you!  As the grandparent of […]

Collecting the Best of the Year
By November 18, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Collecting the Best of the Year

I’ve begun my annual task of collecting all of the best-of-the-year lists and awards into one sortable spreadsheet. This is my fourth year compiling this massive labor of love-hate, and I almost chose to let it go this year, but once the lists started to come out, I just couldn’t resist. The analytical side of me loves […]